Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 22): Gérard Depardieu is a bisexual petty thief who drops into the life of bored couple Michel Blanc and Miou-Miou in Bertrand Blier's Tenue de Soirée (Evening Dress, France, 1986) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 25): Tenue de Soirée 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Jan. 23): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- $4; free for artistes. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 25): A "Girls on Film" screening of ³All About Desire,² progressive shorts by and about women of color 8 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: "Noir City," a 10-night, 20-film series of noir pictures set and/or filmed in San Francisco, continues with two works directed by Robert Wise, The House on Telegraph Hill (1951; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m.) and Born to Kill (1947; 3:20, 7:05 p.m.), the latter a particularly grubby little number starring the late Lawrence Tierney.
THURSDAY: "Noir City" -- Ann Sheridan stars in the soapy Nora Prentiss (Vincent Sherman, 1948; 7 p.m.), while Robert Ryan is haunted by The Woman on Pier 13 (Robert Stevenson, 1949; 9:10 p.m.), a once-famous example of Hollywood anti-communism.
FRIDAY: "Noir City" -- A ruthless photographer rises to the top of the S.F. shutterbugs in Shakedown (Joseph Pevney, 1950; 7:20 p.m.), screening with George Sherman's The Raging Tide (1951; 9 p.m.), with Richard Conte as a gangster hiding out among San Francisco fisherfolk.
SATURDAY: "Noir City" -- Traffic cop Tony Curtis tries to solve the murder of a North Beach priest in Pevney's The Midnight Story (1957; 1:40, 5:20, 9 p.m.), while Edward Dmytryk, fresh out of prison as one of the Hollywood Ten, directed a bitter tale of a serial killer -- starring anti-Red crusader Adolphe Menjou -- in The Sniper (1952; 3:30, 7:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: "Noir City" -- The series concludes with two justly celebrated examples of great use of S.F. locations, Don Siegel's The Lineup (1958; 1, 5:15, 9:30 p.m.), with a conclusion shot on the old Embarcadero Freeway stub near what is now the Weekly offices; and Blake Edwards' Experiment in Terror (1962; 2:45, 7:10 p.m.), with Ross Martin as the scary asthmatic.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
WEDNESDAY: The Fine Arts celebrates small film theaters with the comedy The Smallest Show on Earth (Basil Dearden, U.K., 1957; 7 p.m.), with Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford as elderly staffers; and small filmmakers with Chris Smith's American Movie (1999; 8:35 p.m.), documenting the making of a low-budget horror picture.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Fishers of Dar (Lina Fruzzetti, Akos Ostor, Steven Ross, 2002; 7 p.m.) documents the lives of Tanzania's fishermen. Celebrated Mexican director Arturo Ripstein's The Beginning and the End (1993; 7:45 p.m.) tells the story of a middle-class family struggling against poverty.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY: Mira Nair's colorful Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) screens through Feb. 9 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Modern Tribalism, billed as an "anthropological field trip into the primitive soul of the modern world," with scenes of piercing, tattooing, shamanism, and Burning Man 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Todd Hughes' post-apocalyptic The New Women 8 p.m.
MONDAY: An elderly vampire causes problems in Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Karate-chopping zombies cause even more problems in Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave 8 p.m.
MINNA STREET GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Jan. 27): The eighth season of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series," offering a program of international works on the last Monday of each month through October, opens tonight with 13 short films and videos, including Daniel Cavey's Dear XXX, Kota Ezawa's Simpson Verdict, and more 8 p.m.
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